Tuesday, November 28, 2023

MoHERST, St. Petersburg State University to Foster Collaboration in Higher Education


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By Fatoumata Joof 

Information Officer MoHERST

The Deputy Permanent Secretary (Technical) of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Mr Mucktarr M.Y Darboe, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, on Friday 3rd November 2023 received in audience a delegation from St Petersburg State University of Russia.

The purpose of the courtesy visit was to discuss possible ways of deepening the partnership between the Ministry and St. Petersburg State University on scholarship opportunities and other issues relating to Tertiary and Higher Education.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Ms Anna (Njie) Semenova stated that part of their visit was to discuss with the Ministry on the development of a framework agreement for both institutions which will be anchored on the provision of scholarships and other development programs. She disclosed that St Petersburg State University has 27000 students and provides 1000 open scholarships globally in different areas of discipline, of which they have allocated 15 scholarship slots to The Gambia, but however, only 7 slots were utilized based on entry requirements and other admission processes.

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In welcoming the delegation, Mr M.Y Darboe thanked the Russian delegation for their timely visit. He assured them that the ministry will ensure that the Gambia utilizes the available scholarship slots for Gambian students to study in Russia in various fields of study. He thanked the Russian government for providing support to the government of the Gambia, especially on higher education.

The Principal Research Officer, MrsKumbaJammeh, affirmed that MoHERST has benefited from a bilateral scholarship agreement from Russia and will be ready to develop a framework agreement with St Petersburg State University based on mutual benefit between the Ministry and the University. 

She acknowledged that MoHERST is passionate about TVET and hands-on education and the Ministry would be delighted to get support in terms of scholarships in those areas, specifically Engineering and Technology and other affiliated disciplines.

Also present at the meeting were senior management team members of the Ministry.

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